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  • State to revive mercury testing program

    November 8, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators are reviving a program to test the mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters, providing consumers with updated warnings for the first time since 2008. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality staff in January will begin taking a fresh look at fish in waters put... more »
  • VW says it will cooperate amid latest cheating allegation

    November 2, 2015 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen says it will "fully cooperate" with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is accusing the automaker of cheating a second time on emissions tests. This time, the agency says VW programmed about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than when they were... more »
  • More details released on Common Core results

    October 22, 2015 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Zachary Community School District led the state in the percentage of its students achieving "mastery" of subject matter in Common Core-aligned tests given last spring. The figures released Thursday also show that the Assumption Parish School District has made the greatest performance gains compared to other... more »
  • La. Common Core test results 'roughly comparable' to past

    October 12, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's education chief says student performance on new, more rigorous standardized tests aligned to Common Core standards was "roughly comparable" to results from tests used in the past. However, math performance was lower. And the percentage of students who show what state officials currently consider "mastery"... more »
  • Louisiana moves up in rankings based on ACT test scores

    August 26, 2015 7:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana still ranks below the national average - and near the bottom among all states - in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test. However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education... more »
  • Higher numbers of La. students reach college-ready ACT score

    July 16, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department says the number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow. The department released updated data Thursday. Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT... more »
  • Bacteria found in water at most La. beaches, advisories posted

    July 2, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The most recent sampling of water off Louisiana's coast has found enough bacteria to post advisories at almost every beach along the shoreline. Only eight had no advisory Thursday. Almost twenty were posted with a warning after scientists found some sort of bacteria. When an advisory is... more »
  • DWI task force wants forced blood tests statewide check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 23, 2015 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's DWI Task Force wants law enforcement agencies across the state to forcibly test the blood of suspected drunk drivers who refuse to blow into a breathalyzer. The task force believes the practice will greatly reduce drunk driving if offenders know there's no way to prevent... more »
  • California high school student missing after SAT exam

    June 7, 2015 6:40 PM

    ARCADIA, Calif. - Police are looking for a 16-year-old California high school student who went missing after she was dropped off to take her SAT exam. Arcadia police say Mira Hu's parents couldn't find her when they went to pick her up at Arcadia High School, where she was dropped... more »
  • LSP fire delaying DNA results in teacher sex case

    May 21, 2015 2:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Investigators said a fire at the Louisiana State Police headquarters delayed results of a DNA test in the case of a teacher accused of having sex with multiple students, possibly fathering a child with one. Deputies arrested Keavin Keith earlier this week on 37 charges of inappropriate... more »
  • St. George Fire Department to hire more firefighters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George Fire Department Chief Jerry Tarleton said his department is battling a different kind of fire right now: a worrying shortage of recruits. Tarleton said right now the department is down 23 firefighters, which is impacting their ability to bring all their equipment to bear... more »
  • Common Core opponents fall short on La. House test vote

    April 20, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If Common Core opponents want to get the education standards stripped from Louisiana's public schools, it looks as if they have more work to do, to get lawmakers on their side. Rep. Brett Geymann failed in a procedural move Monday to get his bill - which would... more »
  • Spillway set to be tested due to high water levels

    April 4, 2015 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to test the historic Bonnet Carre Spillway next week. The corps and other flood-fighting agencies are on alert due to high water levels in the Mississippi River. On Wednesday, crews will practice removing and replacing large crane-hoisted wooden needles -... more »
  • Test security now means checking social media for cheaters

    March 19, 2015 2:08 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Critics of a standardized tests have a new complaint. They're troubled by the revelation that the company that oversees the exam being given this month in 12 states is monitoring students' social media. A New Jersey superintendent said in an email last week that she was contacted... more »
  • Small schools worried about PARCC opt-out check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 12:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Thousands of children in Louisiana sat down Monday to take a test which stirred controversy among opponents of the multi-state Common Core initiative. It's the students who aren't taking the test, though, which worry administrators in small school districts like Central. Administrators with the community school... more »
  • 6 parents opt kids out of PARCC in WBR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 5, 2015 6:42 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Parents in West Baton Rouge parish were given the chance to opt their kids out of taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Two meetings were held at the West Baton Rouge School Board Office so parents could air out... more »
  • WBR hosts Common Core testing opt-out meetings today

    March 5, 2015 7:59 AM

    PORT ALLEN - School leaders and parents will be meeting in West Baton Rouge Parish today to discuss the controversial testing associated with Common Core education standards. Superintendent Wesley Watts set-up a pair of meetings for parents who plan to opt their kids out of PARCC testing. There is... more »
  • Traffic calming test leaves residents undecided check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 6, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan that some people are hoping will lessen traffic and make streets safer has kicked into full gear. It's called the Traffic Calming Test, and the city started it Tuesday by putting one way street signs and lowered speed limits in certain areas. They plan... more »
  • La. releases school performance scores check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of Louisiana public schools earning an A or a B under the state's performance grading system has gone up from 575 a year ago to 607 this year. State education officials released school and district performance reports Tuesday morning. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White was... more »
  • LSU enrolling patients in new kind of drug test

    July 25, 2014 3:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster. Patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer can enroll at LSU cancer centers in New Orleans, Houma, Covington and Baton Rouge. Most such... more »
  • New diabetes studies need volunteers at Pennington check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists are looking for volunteers for two new studies on diabetes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Researchers are working to prevent diabetes by treating people with pre-diabetes and type two diabetes with a combination of FDA approved drugs. One study, D2D , is for pre-diabetes.... more »
  • State EBT card system to be tested

    May 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children & Family Services said Thursday retailers should not expect any impact from an upcoming multi-state test of Xerox's EBT card system. DCFS, who contracts with Xerox to distribute benefits for SNAP and other benefits, said that the tests are not expected to... more »
  • Does It Really Work, Potato Express check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2014 7:16 AM

    Potato Express claims to microwave 4 potatoes in 4 minutes to perfection. Whitney Vann puts it to the test to find out if it really works. more »
  • Cheating allegations raise concerns for BESE check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A BESE representative is upset after what they said was lack of communication over allegations of cheating at East Baton Rouge Schools. Lottie Beebe says she was highly disturbed to find out the East Baton Rouge School System is being investigated for allegations of cheating on... more »
  • Manziel, A&M face tough test at LSU

    November 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another season filled with memorable scrambles, long touchdown throws and gaudy statistics has Johnny Manziel in contention for a second straight Heisman Trophy. It could come down to how well Manziel plays inside Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon, for the Aggies' first trip to Baton Rouge since 1994. ... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • What we can learn from TV host's surprise cancer diagnosis check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2013 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Oct. 1, Good Morning America's Amy Robach agreed to get a mammogram on live TV in efforts to raise awareness and debunk the painful rumors about the test. It was a test, that ended up saving her life. Shortly after the mammogram, Robach was called... more »
  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs. The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
  • Coalition on immigration bill clears first tests

    May 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The bipartisan group of senators supporting a plan to overhaul immigration laws has been sticking together today, amid a critical series of early test votes. The coalition turned back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee worked to refine the legislation. It would secure the nation's... more »
  • BR native passing on secrets of perfect test scores check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge native Craig Gehring made perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Now he's helping a new generation of students facing the same tests. Gehrig created a series of test prep books and camps passing along good test-taking tips and techniques for students preparing for... more »
  • NFL group, company teaming up for brain drug test

    April 24, 2013 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - A potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries may be tested in retired professional football players, who are the focus of concern over blows to the head. Neuralstem, Inc., of Rockville, Md., said Wednesday it is working with the National Football League Alumni Association to study the feasibility... more »
  • List of approved BRPD chief applicants released

    April 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting: * Carl... more »
  • Depth test scheduled for sinkhole cavern

    April 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Crews at the Assumption Parish sinkhole scheduled another test today to determine how deep the cavern below it is. Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC, which owns the land the sinkhole appeared on, said their last tests showed the floor had risen about 1,900 feet, putting... more »
  • Waterway dyed red for DEQ pollutant test

    March 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - State environmental officials are seeing red today at Bayou Lafourche, and lots of it. The Department of Environmental Quality put harmless red dye into the waterway to test how long it would take an actual pollutant to travel to local water pumps. The data will help... more »
  • Students prepare for LEAP testing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LEAP testing begins next week for students in Louisiana's schools, and students said today they're feeling the pressure. "You know, it's like a root canal, you feel better afterwards," said Susanne Hudeacek, who's preparing for the tests to begin Monday. The LEAP test assess skills... more »
  • FAA takes step toward widespread US drone flights

    February 15, 2013 7:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to happening with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. The Federal Aviation Administration made the request Thursday, kicking off... more »
  • UN warns of further action against North Korea after nuclear test

    February 12, 2013 2:51 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is planning on taking further action against North Korea, calling today's nuclear test " a clear threat to international peace and security." North Korea is calling this latest atomic test its "first response" to what it describes as U.S. threats. They... more »
  • Ex-Mass. chemist in drug lab case heads to court

    February 4, 2013 9:06 AM

    SALEM, Mass.- A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab faces her sixth arraignment. Annie Dookhan is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on an obstruction of justice charge in Salem Superior Court. She is charged with falsely claiming she holds a master's degree in... more »
  • N Korea warns that nuke test may be imminent

    January 23, 2013 10:42 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is warning that it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches. In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the U.S. for what it... more »
  • TB tests pending for people at LHS, Truman

    December 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE - About 200 students and faculty and staff members at Lafayette High School are awaiting the results of blood tests taken Monday that may indicate if they are positive for tuberculosis. Blood was drawn from those who had been identified as possibly having been exposed to an individual suspected... more »
  • ExxonMobil says emergency drill could get loud

    December 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge warned people their emergency response test on Tuesday could get a little loud. The plant scheduled a test of their emergency response system starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 18. They said people in the area may hear a... more »
  • BRPD: DNA analysis cracks 1984 cold case check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2012 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge announced two arrests in connection with a 1984 murder, after they said a cold case review and DNA analysis led them to the suspects. Police arrested Ronald Dunnagan, 64, of Bossier City and Leila Mulla, 57, of Astoria, N.Y. in connection with... more »
  • Stimulant use forces LSU to vacate track title

    November 16, 2012 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will be forced to vacate their 2012 women's outdoor track title after the NCAA said a member of the team tested positive for a banned stimulant. LSU senior sprinter Semoy Hackett tested positive for Methylhexaneamine during the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field... more »
  • More air monitors going up in Bayou Corne

    October 1, 2012 10:15 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Officials in Assumption Parish are waiting for test results pulled from a damaged Texas Brine cavern which could shed more light on what caused a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne. The tests should indicate what could have caused the cavern to fail. Texas Brine, which owns... more »
  • Test: Most students not proficient in writing

    September 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    NEW YORK - Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word processing tools. That's according to results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing released Friday. ... more »
  • Mars rover Curiosity prepares for test drive

    August 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Scientists are preparing to send the NASA rover Curiosity on its first test drive on Mars and they say a broken wind sensor won't jeopardize its mission. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California turned four of the rover's six wheels this week to test the... more »
  • BRPD: Truck driver tested twice legal limit for alcohol

    August 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested the driver of an 18-wheeler involved in a dramatic wreck this weekend in Baton Rouge after they said he tested nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol content. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said King McClanahan, 52, of Los Angeles failed a field sobriety test after... more »
  • FDA approves first rapid, take home HIV test

    July 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. The OraQuick test from Orasure is designed to detect the presence of HIV using a mouth swab within 20 minutes.... more »
  • St. Helena test scores up despite setbacks

    June 6, 2012 5:50 PM

    GREENSBURG - Budget problems and school takeovers are some of the challenges the Saint Helena School District has faced in recent years. Despite the issues, the district had the biggest improvement in student test scores: 43 percent of students scored at basic or above levels in core subjects this... more »
  • 2 percent hike in students reaching 'basic' level

    May 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana public school students reaching "basic" achievement levels on standardized tests grew from 66 percent to 68 percent this year. Superintendent of Education John White said at a Wednesday news conference that the 2 percent increase means roughly 10,000 more... more »
  • High school students failing standardized test

    May 18, 2012 2:12 PM

    TALLAHASSEE - Florida tenth-graders did not fare well on the new version of the state's standardized test. The Florida Department of Education says half of all tenth-grade students failed the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or F-CAT. A little more than half of ninth-grade students... more »
  • HIV advocate concerned about home testing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2012 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Giving yourself an HIV test in your own home could be a reality in the near future. An advisory panel recommended the FDA approve an over-the-counter version of a test widely used by health professionals. With the Baton Rouge the area now ranked number 1 in... more »
  • Baton Rouge HIV testing advocate skeptical about at home tests

    May 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - People may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their own homes. However some advocates for more HIV/AIDS testing feel it may not be a good idea. "While it's great that more people would be get tested;... more »
  • Private school parents questioning state's plan to offer free ACT test check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people are upset over a new initiative in Louisiana to use taxpayer dollars to pay for every high school junior to take a college entrance exam for free. The move, costing $2 million a year, will be paid for from the State Department of Education's budget,... more »
  • Drug test first, otherwise no welfare benefits

    April 16, 2012 6:21 PM

    ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require thousands of people applying for welfare to pass a drug test before they could receive benefits. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law over the opposition of Democrats. Backers say it will ensure that welfare benefits are used for... more »
  • Google unveils augmented reality glasses project

    April 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Adding to their reputation as technology pioneers, Google unveiled their "Project Glass" Wednesday; a technology that has been compared to a smartphone for your eyes. The glasses, as demonstrated in a YouTube video posted by Google, are planned to superimpose calendar events, weather forecasts, directions,... more »
  • Does It Really Work, Pet Hair Magnet check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    Whitney Vann puts the Pet Hair Magnet to the test to find out Does It Really Work. David Duggins and his dog, Buddy, are our testers. more »
  • Project explores emergency robot uses, controls

    January 16, 2012 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University and Georgia Tech professors are collaborating on a project to improve robots' ability to test for dangerous substances in dangerous places. The Advocate reports that the professors are LSU associate mathematics professor Michael Malisoff and Fumin Zhang - a Georgia Tech assistant professor in... more »
  • Louisiana phasing out LEAP tests

    December 11, 2011 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials say a test for fourth- and eighth-graders that became a symbol of Louisiana's bid to improve public schools will be phased out. The exam, which is called LEAP, and others will be scrubbed in three years because new tests will be launched in connection with... more »
  • First national EAS test not without glitches

    November 9, 2011 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - It was only a test, but it didn't go so well. Discrepancies were reported across the country during the first-ever test of the Emergency Alert System today. Some television and radio stations did not air the test at all. Some who aired it stayed with the... more »
  • BRPD waiting on blood tests in I-12 wreck investigation

    June 21, 2011 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are waiting on blood tests to come back before issuing criminal and traffic charges in the I-12 wreck in Baton Rouge that put two children in intensive care. Sgt. Don Stone with Baton Rouge Police said mandatory blood samples were taken from the drivers involved,... more »
  • Students fight to save school with scores

    April 6, 2011 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After receiving an unsatisfactory score last year, teachers and administrators at Mayfair Middle School were determined to improve their LEAP results this year with the help of a little hard work. Teachers used new tools and programs like a 'power hour' and after school tutoring to help... more »
  • Vehicles went out on tests and never returned

    April 6, 2011 2:07 PM

    GRETNA, La.- A Metairie man and his daughter have been accused of taking seven vehicles out on test drives - and never coming back. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says Joseph Billiot and Jessica Billiot are accused of selling the vehicles to salvage companies where they were either smashed... more »
  • Are you smarter than an 8th-grade LEAP test taker?

    March 23, 2011 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - So you think you're smart, and you've got all the answers. Well, give the practice LEAP tests a try. Public school students wrapped up the first round of LEAP tests on Tuesday. They'll take math, science and social studies next month. Over the past three... more »
  • Nine BR police chief applicants miss test

    March 2, 2011 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The written test for the men and women who want to take over as Baton Rouge Police Chief was administered yesterday. Of the 41 people eligible for the test, only 32 ended up taking it. It will take three to six weeks to grade the tests. From... more »
  • Does It Really Work, Belly Burner

    February 10, 2011 8:16 AM

    WBRZ's Whitney Vann put the Belly Burner to the test. The Belly Burner claims to speed up the weight loss process by burning calories and melting away belly fat fast. So, does it really work? more »

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